Blurt: San Diego Music News

April's record-release roundup

More springtime releases from San Diego bands

This week’s new releases include the Reactants EP from Andrew Mauro’s project Transpirations, as well as the Parker Meridien EP by Parker Edison (Parker & the Numberman), and the self-titled debut full-length from Mittens. A ...

Zappa's excellent adventure

Alex Winter filming Frank Zappa's treasure trove of a home

The man who played Bill in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure hopes his next excellent adventure involves Frank Zappa. Actor/filmmaker Alex Winter is currently running a Kickstarter campaign that, if successful, will raise $500,000 to ...

Forest friends

Al Howard among the Redwoods

The prolific Alfred Howard has started yet another band. The new project has been christened “Cardinal Moon” and is a collaboration between Howard and singer/songwriter Dawn Mitschele. “Dawn is a tremendous songwriter and lyricist and ...

Piano, not keyboards

Brett Harris of Wind Playing Tricks on instrumental San Diego

The recent passing of Keith Emerson underscores how keyboards don’t play as big a role in pop music as in the days when Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, Deep Purple, Yes, and Edgar Winter ruled the ...

Amy Beach is better than Chopin

Visiting the growing matriarchy in classical music

When discussing Gabriela Lena Frank I mentioned that the time has come for the matriarchal age of classical music. Women have been excluded from classical music since the beginning and it’s getting old. How extreme ...

Star Trek, Grossmont, Art of Elan, and the San Diego Symphony

A full week of classical in San Diego

The Art of Elan has a performance at the San Diego Museum of Art on Tuesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. The Formosa Quartet, Art of Elan’s quartet in residence, will be playing the world ...

Angles 3 makes San Diego debut

...and other jazz happenings around San Diego March 30-April 2

Wednesday 30 Angles 3, featuring Kjell Nordeson on drums, Ingerbrikt Haker Flaten on bass, and Martin K. on saxophone make a rare U.S. date at the Loft (9500 Gilman Drive) at 8 p.m. This concert ...

Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal and the barbaric yawp

Debussy, Prokofiev, and Stravinsky all on the same night

I knew going in that the concert program for the Orchestre Symphonique Montreal was aggressive. Aggressive as in Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 and The Rite of Spring on the same night. The Montréalaises are ...

Dark Bleached

Los Angeles garage-rock sister act sets up at Casbah on Wednesday

Jennifer Clavin of Bleached was sitting in a park in her hometown of Los Angeles when a couple handed her a cut-and-paste religious pamphlet. “In it there was a collage they had made of all ...

Surf-punk Chuck

Label startup Chuck Records rides a trendy wave

Erica Buenconsejo’s father died when she was a baby. But his rock ’n’ roll spirit drives San Diego’s newest record label. “My dad had a great punk-record collection,” says Erica about her dad, Chuck Petrowsky. ...

Cat pop

“The album is a 100 percent DIY effort from start to finish"

Mittens started in 2009 as a duo featuring longtime friends Lia Dearborn and Ramona McCarthy, eventually joined by guitarist Paul Ryu and drummer Tyler Shimkus. After making their live debut as a quartet in May ...

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